What I’ve Been Up To


I realized I haven’t posted on here recently and wanted to assure you that I haven’t just been idling around. In fact, I’ve been doing the opposite and giving myself more work than I need. Since 2016 started, my time has been consumed with many things: work, graduate school applications, a class I’m taking through my job, and trying to exercise on a semi-regular basis. Though, the one thing that I’ll be talking about at length in this post is my 2016 reading goal.

For this entire year, I’ve decided to read books only by authors of color. I wouldn’t say my reason for this is political, but I wouldn’t say it isn’t, either. I’ve just come to a point in my life where I crave the writing of individuals whose voices more closely identify with my own; the voices that are often left in the margins of history and popular culture.

I’m currently on my third read—which aligns perfectly with Black History Month—The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois. The relevance and resonance of this piece, more than a century after it was first published, is absolutely haunting and I recommend it to all of you. That being said, I won’t be blogging about my literary journey here. I felt that this project was something that could stand alone on its own two feet in its own blog, so I proudly present to you Books of Color 2016!

Books of Color 2016 (#BoCo2016) is pretty much a 1 girl book club where I discuss my thoughts and feelings on the books I’ve chosen to read. My Reading List, which is kinda all over the place and much more of a guide than a schedule, can be found in the left toolbar of the blog.

Feel free to follow along or join in and read for yourself!



It’s Been a While…but I’m Back!

I admit it’s been a long, long, LONG while since I’ve posted new content on this blog. My apologies! The past few (or 5) months have been much busier than I had anticipated, but now I’m back and ready to write. And I hope you didn’t expect me to come back from this long hiatus empty-handed because I come bearing literary gifts:

Later today, I will begin moving my more wordy Tumblr posts, here, to my WordPress! It just seems like the right thing to do. I’ll also be adding some of the other writing I’ve done and posting new and exciting material, regularly. Basically, moniquedeehall.wordpress.com will be up and running once again.

I look forward to sharing my work with you 🙂



Hello. GAHHHHH!!!! I honestly can’t even begin to contain my excitement 😀

Why am I so excited, you ask? Because, as you may or may not be able to conclude from the title, this is my very first blog post. (Ahh, I just love the smell of new blog in the morning.) To date, I’ve been using my Tumblr as my primary/write-anything-and-everything-that-pops-into-my-head-and-post-random-entertaining-pictures-videos-and-quotes blog, but I’ve come to a point where I need a more mature, organized, and professional way of expressing myself via the World Wide Web. Hence, moniquedeehall.wordpress.com was born.

Don’t get me wrong, I still love “Mona’s World” and will continue to use it as my write-anything-and-everything-that-pops-into-my-head-and-post-random-entertaining-pictures-videos-and-quotes blog. The only change is that this blog, will house a more structured blogging experience where I display my writing ability, creativity, and other talents; sort of like an online portfolio.

So, in short, this blog will not be one in which I write anything and everything that pops into my head and post random, entertaining pictures, videos, and quotes. If that is what you’re looking for, please use the link I’ve posted above to be redirected to my tumblr. If you’re looking for a professional display of my writing ability, creativity, and other talents, you’re in the right place. Understood?